Two Killed When Motorcycle Crashes Into Pedestrians On Bike Path

November 12, 2012 Updated Nov 12, 2012 at 12:01 PM EDT

A tragic story from New York, courtesy of Granite Broadcasting sister station WKBW in Buffalo.

According to the WKBW report:

Two women are dead after a motorcyclist plows into two groups of people walking along a bike path in a quiet Amherst, N.Y., neighborhood.

Police say 53-year-old David Smith drove his motorcycle into two groups of people walking along Tonawanda Creek Road, leaving another man injured and two women dead.

Clothes, a show and a badly damaged motorcycle were some of the remnants of a horrific accident that claimed two lives and left a widower in the hospital.

Captain Patrick McKenna, with the Amherst Police Department, says at about 3:20 on Sunday afternoon "the motorcycle came around a curve, went around a roadway and onto a path and struck the three individuals."

Police tell Eyewitness News the driver plowed into five people walking in two separate groups by Tonawanda Creek Road.

25-year-old Jocelyn Elberson of Buffalo was killed and pronounced dead at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital. She was walking with two other friends who were not injured.

81-year-old Sheila Pelton of East Amherst also died in the crash and was pronounced dead at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital.

Pelton was walking with her husband, 79-year-old Foster Pelton, who is in ECMC with serious injuries.

Also taken to the hospital -- 53-year-old David Smith of Niagara Falls, the driver of the motorcycle. He sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

McKenna says "we believe alcohol was involved on the part of the motorcycle driver."

Smith is charged with Driving While Intoxicated and Criminally Negligent Homicide.

On the scene, police told Eyewitness News they were not sure if speed was a factor.

Edie Coyne, who lives near the accident scene, told Eyewitness News "People go very fast down this Tonawanda Creek. They don't obey the speed limit. They just go."

The speed limit is just 25 miles-per-hour while going around the bend. However, Edie Coyne says cars often go 60 to 70 miles per hour. She adds pedestrians often walk and bike in that area.

"It's very busy," Coyne says "and we have cars traveling at great speeds. It's a miracle something hasn't happened before."

Smith could face more charges as the investigation continues.




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